With the Wildrose Alliance Leadership race now in the final stretch, I found myself wondering if political endorsements really matter? Does anyone switch their vote based on who has more ( or better) public endorsements? Is it all for show? Lets look at some of the public endorsements for each candidate...
Mark Dyrholm's endorsements ( taken from his twitter posts over the past few months & official website) include the following:
- Ken Mazzeroll, former candidate for Calgary Currie in 2004.
- Tim Bloedow, ECP Centre
- Randy Hillier
- Ontario MPP's Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.
- Myron Thompson
- Dianna Brooks, Candidate 2004, Calgary Elbow
- Justin Wong, Calgary Shaw Constituency Assoc & Business Owner
- Don Leonardo, Veteran, Former VP, Calgary Egmont Alberta PC Party Association
- Jim Blake, National Charman, Concerned Christians Canada Inc.
- Craig B. Chandler, Executive Director, Progressive Group for Independent Business (PGIB)
Danielle Smith's endorsements ( taken from an email I had received recently) include:
- Betty Unger, Alberta senator-elect, Edmonton
- Link Byfield, Alberta senator-elect and Joanne Byfield, pro-life organizer and activist.
- Candis McLean, Calgary, investigative journalist and documentary producer.
- Tom Flanagan, former federal Conservative campaign manager and author.
- Rainer Knopff, U of C professor and author.
- Gordon Butler, Past President of the Western Stock Growers’ Association and Property Rights Advocate.
- Ezra Levant, Western Standard Publisher.
- Barry Cooper, Professor of Political Science, U of C.
- David Chatters Reform Party/Conservative MP for Athabasca and Westlock-St. Paul, 1993 -2006
- Phil Klein, Edmonton, (Ralph’s father)
The scope (and arguably, the quality) of these endorsement varies quite a bit. I know the conventional wisdom says..." the only endorsements that matter are the votes on leadership day", but I thought it was worth reviewing. Either camp cannot say they do not care about these endorsements or they would not publicly flaunt them every time the were received.
Does it make a difference to anyone? Will it change anyones vote? Does anyone care? If not, why do people make such a big deal about the endorsments? What are your thoughts?